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Safety warning issued to caravan owners due to faulty water heaters

Lachlan Roberts 18 October 2019 9
Caravan and RV owners have been warned

The faulty water heaters can generate elevated levels of carbon monoxide which may spill into the vehicle and can be deadly. Photo: File.

Access Canberra is warning caravan, motorhome or camper-trailer owners about the potential safety risk when operating new water heaters in suburban recreational vehicles after a fault was discovered.

Seven separate water heater models, which were manufactured between 4 April 2018 and 1 August 2019, have been affected and have potentially fatal consequences. Access Canberra spokesperson Ben Green said that Canberrans who have an affected heater should stop using it immediately.

“We advise that if you own a vehicle with an affected suburban recreational vehicle water heater that you stop using the appliance immediately,” Mr Green said. “Under certain conditions, these water heaters can generate elevated levels of carbon monoxide which may spill into the vehicle.

“If large concentrations are inhaled, this can be lethal.

“If your model is affected you must stop using the heater immediately and not use it again until it has been rectified by an authorised agent or dealership.”

Access Canberra said Canberrans can check if their hot water heater is an affected model by looking at the appliance data plates found under the front cover plate of the heater.

Affected models include SW6DEA, SW4DEA, SW4DECA, SW6PA, SW6DA, SW4DA, SW6DECA (DualFuel).

Serial numbers affected are from 181315552 to 193002648, from 183114087D to 191206073D, 8183311827, 8190201139

For more information, visit the Access Canberra website.


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9 Responses to Safety warning issued to caravan owners due to faulty water heaters
Sue Burgess Sue Burgess 8:47 pm 21 Oct 19

thanks Gordon Gullock yes we have one of the heaters. Will call the dealership tomorrow.

    Gordon Gullock Gordon Gullock 10:06 pm 21 Oct 19

    What bad luck, better to find out before you use it.

Katie Stephen Katie Stephen 9:49 pm 20 Oct 19

Ann Shaw Tony Shaw - yours is ok I hope?

Jordan Bromhead Jordan Bromhead 1:08 pm 20 Oct 19

David Bromhead this may or may not affect the Jayco? Tagging you just in case.

Christina Winkler Christina Winkler 11:57 am 20 Oct 19

Emma not sure if you have one in yours?

    Emma McDonnell Emma McDonnell 3:13 pm 20 Oct 19

    Christina Winkler We do, and it's our model, but later serial numbers thankfully. Appreciate you thinking of it!

    Christina Winkler Christina Winkler 3:47 pm 20 Oct 19

    Emma that's a relief!

Gordon Gullock Gordon Gullock 11:23 am 20 Oct 19

Sue Burgess Hope your van is not on the list.

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